State Officials’ Stroll Targets Oak Bluffs Revitalization Plan
Olivia Hull

It’s not unusual to see a group of people traveling the streets of Oak Bluffs together, to see them stop in the middle of a Circuit avenue sidewalk and gaze up at a historic building, or stand next to the Tabernacle and take in the quiet calm of the Camp Ground.

But the group touring the resort community Monday morning were not tourists.

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Cottage City Pride

With its historic carousel, best-of-the-Vineyard pizza and fried clams and Victorian seaside charm that is rooted in an earlier century, Oak Bluffs is proud to be different.

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Oak Bluffs Increases Stipends for Volunteer Firefighters
Sara Brown
The Oak Bluffs selectmen Tuesday unanimously approved increased annual stipends for the fire department. When requesting the increase, acting fire chief John Rose said the new stipends are more comparable to the pay scale in other towns.
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Food Inspector Resigns; Oak Bluffs Works to Clear Administrative Backlog
Olivia Hull

An Oak Bluffs food inspector has resigned amid disagreement with the board of health over the enforcement of health code violations.

Ron Tolin, who had served the town for five years, submitted his resignation on Sept. 3, effective Sept. 10. Calling it a “hard decision,” Mr. Tolin said in a letter that his action was prompted in part by the board’s decision to keep Fat Ronnie’s hamburger restaurant open despite multiple violations of the health code.

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Vacant Downtown Businesses Cause of Concern in Oak Bluffs
Olivia Hull

As the summer season comes to a close, business owners in Oak Bluffs begin to reflect on the season, its successes and failures. And they start to plan for next season.

Representatives of town government and the Oak Bluffs Association have also begun a discussion of the summer’s economic performance.

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Continued Deferrals Over Circuit Avenue Lot Raises Ire of Owner
Olivia Hull

A months-long dispute between the Oak Bluffs selectmen and a Circuit avenue businessman came to a head this week when the owner of an unbuilt lot at 16 Circuit avenue saw fresh opposition to his latest proposal for a business venture.

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Oak Bluffs Considers Banning Food Trucks in Downtown Area
Olivia Hull

Food trucks likely will never be permitted in downtown Oak Bluffs, according to draft regulations presented at a public reading at Wednesday night’s selectmen’s meeting. At the well-attended meeting, the public and the selectmen spoke out passionately on both sides of the issue — in support of the allowance of food trucks in the downtown area, or in opposition.

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Dinner at the Pier: Fishing Dock Planned for Oak Bluffs
Mark Alan Lovewell

The northern most part of Oak Bluffs sticks into Nantucket Sound like a big thumb. There is a swift current moving in the waters off East Chop Beach Club and the Oak Bluffs Steamship Authority wharf. Swimming in this current are many kinds of fish, large and small. It is a fish highway, with schools of bait crisscrossing the water.

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After Years of Uncertainty, Oak Bluffs Eyes Financial Stability
Olivia Hull
After years of financial struggles, Oak Bluffs is poised to make up a $600,000 deficit in free cash by the end of June, town administrator Robert Whritenour announced to the selectmen last week. “If we only collect [the same revenue in June] as we collected last June . . . we will meet that goal,” of “wiping out” the deficit, Mr. Whritenour said.
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Oak Bluffs Narrowly Defeats Marijuana Dispensary Moratorium
Sara Brown

Oak Bluffs voters came out in favor of making the annual shark tournament catch- and-release only, narrowly turned down a temporary moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries and approved extensive repairs for town roads at a lengthy annual town meeting Tuesday.

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